Ed Driscoll

On The Whole, I'm Rather Glad I'm Not In Tunbridge Wells

While England has many of the same problems that inflict the bluer alcoves of America, fortunately, that enlightened bastion of reason and common sense has its priorities firmly in order:

A council has banned the term “brainstorming” and replaced it with “thought showers”.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in Kent was accused of taking political correctness to extremes after instructing staff to make the change.

The move came as council chiefs feared the word brainstorming might offend mentally ill people and those with epilepsy.

No, this story offends those of us who have a modicum of common sense remaining, which appears to be the world’s scarcest resource these days. Meanwhile, as the editor of the 11th edition of the Newspeak dictionary once said, “You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words — scores of them, hundreds of them, every day.”

(Story via Dirty Harry’s other blog; headline via Claude Rains.)